Nocturia can be a sign of unmanaged blood sugar levels
Nocturia can be a sign of unmanaged blood sugar levels

Diabetes and nighttime urination, or nocturia, can be a sign of uncontrolled blood sugar levels.

This guide to nocturia explains the basics of recognising nocturia, and how to avoid it.

What is nocturia?

Nocturia is defined as nocturnal urination. This means the need to get up in the night to go to the toilet. This is extremely common amongst older men, but older women may also suffer from the same problem.

An enlarged prostrate can press on the urethra and prevent the bladder from emptying properly, resulting in the need to visit the toilet more often.

So is diabetes the only cause of nocturia?

No, nocturia can be caused by a variety of factors.

For instance, swollen legs can cause nocturia. Some diuretic medication causes frequent urination. For some people, a different metabolism can cause nocturnal urination.

Cystitis may cause the bladder to become irritated or unstable.

The most relevant cause of nocturia is uncontrolled diabetes.

In this instance, more sugar appears in the urine and simulates extra volumes of urine to be produces.

I am diabetic; can I fight nocturia?

Be aware of the problem and take precaution such as using diuretic medicines earlier in the day, avoid drinking late at night and alcohol, and remember how much and when you drink.

This helps you to know when the nocturia is worse, and therefore how to avoid it.

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